In the five and a bit years I’ve been writing my blog, I’ve sporadically done week in pictures posts. As well as being fun, I think it does me good to look back at my weeks and pick out the highlights and best bits. Being a work at home mum, most of my kid free time is spent either working or doing housework and although you won’t see that on my blog or Instagram it can all be a bit samey and boring! I do try to break my weeks up by making time for myself and for my friends and by doing nice things with the kids, so you’ll see a bit more of that in my weekly summaries, as this is definitely a place for the best bits! As I hadn’t planned this post, I haven’t taken pics for everyday but I’ll try to be a bit more organised for future weeks.

Monday:

The week started on a lovely note with a trip to Lila’s school. Her year were doing a little showcase to show the parents what they’d learnt this year. They all did so well and their singing and dancing was adorable. Lila talked about science and I was a very proud mummy.

When I got home I did a lot of cleaning and then Fay popped over and we went to the tattoo shop to get her nose pierced. She was very brave! Fay stayed at mine for a bit while I did some cleaning and made the iced tea and took the pics for my T2 post, which I posted a couple of days ago.

Tuesday:

Most of the day was spent having really good tidy and clean of the house. I also reorganised the girls wardrobes and put all the washing away. I also wrote and scheduled a couple of blog posts.

After school I picked up the girls and we headed to Hampton Court. As we have a membership, I try to go as often as possible and going for a couple of hours after school always works really well for us. We usually go for a long play in The Magic Garden, but we just missed entry this time as they had a private function. So we decided to wander round the gardens, which were looking absolutely stunning.

Wednesday:

Fay and I try to have bestie blog days as often as possible. These involve lots of inappropriate chat, pretty places, nice food and a lot of photographs. We started Wednesday by taking a trip to the lavender fields with Fay’s mum. I always feel so lucky to have somewhere so beautiful just a short drive from my house. As well as having a lovely walk, we also tried a lavender cream tea.

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I share a lot of my everyday outfits which don’t make it onto the blog, over on Instagram. I’m wearing the Cath Kidston London Parks dress here. I have been wanting this dress for absolutely ages, as the print reminds me of special days at the park with the kids. So when it went down to £40 in the sale Rob bought it for me as a little gift. I’ve just chucked on my most comfy Converse to go with it, as we walked a lot that day.

We then jumped on the tube to Victoria and sampled some donuts from Crosstown. I had a very indulgent peanut butter one and faye had a matcha tea one. They were absolutely delicious.

We stopped at Notes coffee to get a drink to go with our donuts and were delighted that they were doing free coffee that day!

We then headed over to South Kensington for a blogger preview of the brand new courtyard and gallery at the V&A. I’ve already written about it and shared lots of pics, but here are a couple more that isn’t make it onto the main post.

Thursday:

I don’t think I actually took any pics on Thursday, I just spent the whole day writing posts and editing pictures. After school I took Jess to her youth club. I need to try to be a bit more interesting everyday!

Friday:

Friday is always my selling day. As well as blogging mothering and freelance writing I also have an Etsy shop and sell vintage on eBay every week. On Fridays I photograph all my stock and work on my listings. I’m saving for a holiday at the moment so I’ve been selling some of my own collection as well as my usual stock. Although I keep my eBay separate from my blog, there are lots of lovely things on my Etsy too.

I wasn’t feeling very well on Friday afternoon as I had a really bad headache. Too much screen time and not enough sleep had got a bit too much for me, so I had a nap in the afternoon, which I never do. I’m really bad at getting enough sleep and I need to make a bit more effort to not get burnt out.

On Friday evening I drove me and Faye over our friends house for pizza, gossip and a bit of trashy TV watching. It did me so much good to chill out and have a giggle.

Saturday:

As Rob was fishing for the last few days, I had the kids to myself all weekend. We started the weekend off chilling and watching lots of Disney films together. In the afternoon we picked up Faye and went fruit and veg picking at Garson Farm in Esher.

Sunday:

I have nothing exciting to report from Sunday which involved lots of Disney films, housework, food shopping and cuddles with the kids.

News, Updates and Plans.

So that’s last week. I have a few nice things planned for this week as well as lots and lots of writing and photography to do. Work wise it’s going to be a busy one and July is also the most crazy month in the school calendar, with lots of sports days, showcases, fairs and shows to go to. We also have some meetings at Jess’s new high school, where she will be starting in September. As I’m planning to take a month off work in the summer I need to get ahead with work so it’s all going to be a bit crazy!

I have a couple of new articles in this months Vintage Life, which you can get your hands on here.

If you haven’t already bought the Spring issue of In Retrospect Magazine, I would highly recommend it. I have written a long article about my family history and the rest of the magazine is packed with amazing articles and vintage stuff too.

Reading:

At the moment I’m re reading all my Nancy Mitford books. I recently picked up an old copy of Don’t Tell Alfred in a second hand bookshop. I love the Penguins with the orange spines, so if I spot one of my favourite books, I’ll always pick them up. I’m definitely enjoying reading an older copy of a much loved book. I really love the illustration on this one, so might try to find a better copy yo display.

Weekly Goals:

This week I am going to try to get a bit more ahead with work and get more sleep, so i don’t get over tired again. If you catch me on twitter after 10pm, tell me to go to bed! My only other goal is to remember to take more pictures of everyday life for next weeks post.

Weekly Wishlist:

I thought it would be fun to add an outfit that I am currently coveting to my weekly round up. At the moment I’m really enjoying wearing pretty dresses with comfy sandals or Converse and just going for a much more toned down casual vintage inspired look. I thought these three would look so lovely together!

What are your plans and goals for the next seven days?

I’ll be doing individual blog posts on some of the places I visited this week, so keep a look out for those as well as lots of outfits, book reviews and baking posts over the next few weeks.

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I’m a little bit obsessed with iced tea at the moment and I’m really enjoying finding new ways to brew my favourite teas into delicious and refreshing summer drinks. A couple of weeks ago I shared my peach iced tea recipe and today I have another delicious offering for you. This time I was approached by T2 to see if I’d like to try one of the recipes from their website.

This time I’ve tried Citrus Squash, a delicious blend of two fruity summer teas – Turkish Apple chunky and Southern Sunrise.

Turkish Apple Chunky, is one of the more simple offerings from T2 and just contains chunky pieces of apple. Its a great tea for blending with others and I’m definitely going to be experimenting with this one a lot.

Southern Sunrise is one of my new favourites. It contains apple, white hibiscus, apple pomace, sweet blackberry leaves, lemongrass and grapefruit peel making it deliciously fresh and fruity. It has the most amazing smell too.

To make the iced tea you will need:

  • 8 teaspoons Southern Sunrise
  • 8 teaspoons Turkish Apple Chunky
  • 500 ml/17 fl oz soda water
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • Orange and lemon slices, to garnish
  • 2L T2 Jug-a-lot

How to Make:

  1. Add teas to the infuser of your 2L T2 Jug-a-lot and half fill with boiling water. Infuse for 30 minutes then remove infuser and leave to cool for 1 hour.
  2. Add soda water and orange juice. Fill with ice and decorate with orange and lemon slices.

We really enjoyed drinking this lovely iced tea, even the kids liked it. Its a great alternative to a sugary fizzy drink and tastes like a healthy version of Fanta or Tango.

This would be ideal for summer barbecues and parties and its definitely one we’ll be making a lot this summer.

I have a few more iced tea recipes coming up over the next few weeks, so if you enjoyed this one keep your eyes peeled. You can also find lots of tea recipes on the T2 website.

*Thank you to T2 for sending me the tea featured in this post. All opinions and the tea jug are my own. 

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I’m still a little bit obsessed with tea at the moment. I’m really enjoying trying new recipes and different brewing equipment to create the perfect cuppa. I recently went to a tea masterclass at my local T2 shop. This was organised by Fay from Blogabooketc as part of our Kingston Blogger Meet which I’ll be writing more about soon. We were shown how to make lots of different tea recipes including iced tea. I’ve tried mixing and matching lots of different teas and flavours and at the moment this is my favourite.

I made this using T2 Packs a Peach, which is a gorgeous loose leaf tea, with lots of beautiful fruity ingredients. I also used fresh mint and nectarines to add a bit of extra flavour.

I brewed the tea using my T2 Jug-a-lot iced tea jug. I have the 2 litre one, which is perfect for keeping in the fridge. I really like that once the tea is ready you can leave it in the fridge all day and go back for a glass whenever you fancy one.

How to Make:

First I fill the jug 2 thirds full with boiling water and add my mint and nectarine.

Then I add the tea infuser.

I allow this to cool before sealing the lid and leave it in the fridge overnight.

In the morning I remove the tea infuser and fill the space in the jug with ice.

The end result is refreshing and delicious, perfect for hot summer days. I’ve been trying out lots more iced tea recipes and would love to share a few more on here very soon.

What are your favourite tea flavours? Do you have any recipes or suggestions that I should try?

*This post is not endorsed by T2 and all products used were purchased by me.

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